QB Tommy Lazzaro to miss remainder of season

Junior quarterback Tommy Lazzaro looks downfield to pass on Oct. 20 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Quarterback Tommy Lazzaro did not practice in the week prior to playing Western Michigan on Oct. 20. Late in the game against the Broncos, he departed due to a leg injury.

The same lower leg injury will keep Lazzaro out for the remainder of the 2018 season, as he was unable to practice in the days leading up to CMU’s Oct. 27 game against Akron.

Backup quarterback Tony Poljan, who also works as a tight end and wide receiver, received the start under center. 

Lazzaro took over under center for Poljan in Week 3 against Northern Illinois. Since controlling the starting position, the junior was 68-for-141 through the air for 711 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions, adding 381 yards and three scores on the ground.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pound quarterback transferred to CMU prior to the 2016 season from Dodge City Community College. He sat behind Cooper Rush in 2016 and Shane Morris a year ago.

CMU coach John Bonamego gave the starting job to Poljan to start the season. After losses to Kentucky, Kansas and a slow start against Northern Illinois, Lazzaro replaced him. 

Along with Poljan, the Chippewas have redshirt freshman Austin Hergott and true freshman George Pearson as quarterback options. 

A snap at quarterback has yet to be taken by either Hergott or Pearson in their CMU career. 

The Chippewas finish the season at Eastern Michigan, against Bowling Green and at Toledo.